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Prep notebook: Harrison football off to best start in three decades

September 24, 2017 Updated: September 25, 2017 at 10:04 am
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Four weeks and four wins for Harrison

Harrison’s galvanized football program is having its best start to a season in three decades.

Orlando Westbrook threw three touchdowns and ran for two scores as the Panthers beat Glenwood Springs 36-22 to improve to 4-0 on the year.

“It’s been really neat,” Harrison coach Al Melo said. “The great thing is our kids aren’t really getting caught up in the record. They’re just taking it game by game. We’re using the mantra that the next game is the most important game.”
David Barrow added 163 receiving yards and three touchdowns and Aumiere Shedrick had 156 yards on the ground for his fourth straight 100-yard rushing performance in the latest win.

Harrison athletic director Dave Hogan told the Gazette that the team’s 4-0 start was the program’s best start since before the 1990s.
The Panthers look to make it five straight victories when they travel to Woodland Park (2-2) on Friday.

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No kidding.
In the span of a week, the Indians (5-3) had upset victories over defending champion Kent Denver, Arapahoe and goliath Cherry Creek. They hope these are the type of wins that can carry a program long into the future.

“I said I hope this is a spring board for the season and the future of this program,” Cheyenne Mountain coach Megan Psyllos said.

All three of the Indians’ marquee wins were 2-1 with the Arapahoe victory coming in overtime. On Tuesday they’ll face Colorado Academy, which won four straight state titles from 2012-2015.

“Be confident but respect the talent we’re playing,” Psyllos said she told her team. “We’re on our way up, but we’re not there yet.”

Masterful D helps lead Widefield to 4-0 start

Widefield coach Nic Olney has plenty of weapons on the field and another on the sideline in defensive coordinator Bill Cooke.

Cooke’s dazzling defense posted its second shutout in three games, quarterback TJ Davis had four touchdowns and the Gladiators beat Palmer 41-0 on Friday night.

Olney was quick to applaud his trusted defensive mind after Widefield improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2010.

“The kids are the heart and soul,” Olney said. “But he’s definitely the brain trust that points them in the right direction.”

Cooke was the head coach at Widefield but stepped aside after the 2008 season. He was also the coach at Fort Lewis College when it won its only conference title in school history in 1984. He also coached at Missouri Southern, where he recruited former Denver Broncos’ receiver Rod Smith.
The Gladiators will travel to Chatfield (3-1) on Friday.

Fountain-Fort Carson hopes to thrive with another tough schedule

Fountain-Fort Carson had the second-toughest schedule in Class 5A a year ago, but only three wins.

Under the RPI playoff formula, that was still good enough for a postseason berth.

The Trojans (2-2) believe they are better prepared for this season’s gauntlet of tough matchups and they hope that can come with a few more victories. On Friday, Erik Rolle had two interceptions, Jarren Sly had a pick-six, and the Trojans regrouped after losses to 5A power Pomona and 4A power Pine Creek to beat Castle View 23-13.

Fountain-Fort Carson coach Jay Novotny called the early season tests a double-edged sword.

Novotny said: “I think playing that type of schedule helps going into conference play. It’s helped us and it can also be a challenge. We’re beat up.”
The Trojans face Doherty (3-1) next week.
Brent W. New

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